MEXICO CITY Steel thefts in Mexico fell 35.6 percent in the first seven months of 2013 vs. the same 2012 period.
A total of 504 steel thefts were recorded in January to July, down from 783 incidents a year earlier, according to Mexican steel distributors confederation Conadiac.
Steel thefts have affected at least 20 Mexican states, or more than the half of the country, Conadiac said.
The volume of steel stolen in Mexico amounted 4,042 tonnes during the period. Rebar was the main target, accounting for 40 percent of the total, followed by steel coils, at 13 percent.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.